Wednesday, July 23, 2008

63. "Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name" - Vendela Vida


I had to read this (relatively) new novel for three silly reasons: she's married to Dave Eggers, she's got one hell of a cool name, and she rocked the title.

Clarissa is floating along the path of normality when her father dies of a heart attack. Soon, she finds he wasn't her biological father. Oh, and her mother just up and left her when she was 14 years old. So, Clarissa leaves her fiancee and travels to the Sami tribe to find her father. All the makings of a bad drama with dun-dun-dun in the music.

But Vida doesn't go that route. She creates unlikeable characters who make despicable choices, but writes with such heart and honesty that it's next to impossible to put the book out of your mind, even when you have to put it down.

Did I like it? I don't know. I'm still thinking about it, and to me, that's almost up there with sobbing and closing the book with a happy heart.

3.75 out of 5.0 Sam-Tinis.

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